Category Archives: Theology

Easter theological reading

How quickly 2018 is passing! Now that Easter is here, I want to make a list of the books I’ve read or at least explored in recent years, in order to turn back to them when Lent and Easter roll … Continue reading

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The nature of the Christian University

March 8. Reception at 6:45; lecture begins at 7:00 pm. John Brown University, Simmons Great Hall. This Thursday I have the privilege of presenting at JBU, invited by my friend Ken Hahn, as part of their biannual lecture series “Christian … Continue reading

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T. F. Torrance Theological Fellowship, Boston

On November 17, 2017, Brent Purkaple and I were in Boston for the annual conference of the American Academy of Religion, to give a report at the T. F. Torrance Fellowship annual meeting. The report presented our plan, approved by … Continue reading

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Echoes of the Word made flesh

Today’s sermon at Crosswalk Community Church (GCI): slides (10 MB) and audio. It’s richly illustrated, so the audio file and slides pdf are inter-related and best experienced together. Two Bible Paradigms was a bulletin insert. Special thanks to pastor Mike … Continue reading

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Trinitarian theology video discussion group

My Trinitarian Theology page describes the You’re Included series of video conversations, sponsored by Grace Communion International, devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian theology.* Each video is a conversation, not a lecture. Participants include popular writers, teachers, pastors and youth … Continue reading

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A Desert Parable, The Tree of Life, and The Shack

A Desert Parable Last night, Mike Rasmussen told us a parable: A man is standing in the wide-open desert, with sunlight pouring down all around him. Yet his eyes are shut firmly, closed tightly against the light, and he believes … Continue reading

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Masaccio’s Trinity, Psalm 22 and The Shack

We’re planning to see the movie version of The Shack this weekend. Ted Johnston offers helpful comments on his blog, The Surprising God. Meanwhile, I’ve written about Paul Young and The Shack in a number of posts here: Is God … Continue reading

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Eucatastrophe: Joy news!

“The Birth of Christ is the eucatastrophe of Man’s history. This story begins and ends in joy. It has pre-eminently the inner consistency of reality. This story is supreme, and it has entered history. It is pre-eminently (and infinitely, if … Continue reading

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Beauty in grace

I love the juxtaposed photos in Hannah’s blog post. Photographer Rotasiz Seyyah captured a number of portraits of ordinary people immediately before and after being told they are beautiful. How they respond! How their inner beauty shines, called forth by … Continue reading

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Solitude

Experiment: What if Barth’s Evangelical Theology was not written only for theologians? Karl Barth, Evangelical Theology(Eerdmans, 1963), ch. 10, “Solitude.” —– Case 1. “As a rule, the Christian artist will have to put up with pursuing his subject in a … Continue reading

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